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My daughter was born extremely early, and after a very long battle in the nicu she is home, on oxygen therapy and with a compromised immune system. A "simple cold" could be enough to kill her at this stage. While I was still out of it in the hospital (on mag sulfate) they gave me dtap and my arm hurt for WEEKS. They got dh too - which is fine and dandy and I have no problem with it.
What I didn't know, and I consider myself rather intelligent, is that DTaP is recommended every 10 years. Not for the tetanus like I thought, but for the Pertussis. I'm a little upset that no doctor ever suggested it to me in my adult life. My previous vax was when I was 16 or 17 - after I'd been bitten by a girl - so it's pretty memorable. No mention of it since.
With the birth of my dd, everyone in the extended family has been more than willing to do whatever it takes to keep her safe. Even my inlaws - who dont get to see dd until end of RSV season are getting boosters, now that they are educated.
It's not a secret, so why don't more people know?
Last edited by Just Jen; November 15th, 2010 at 09:07 PM.
I got mine, while pregnant no less. I'm a nursing student and get exposed to all kinds of junk, so I don't mess around with my vaccines, especially with a brand new baby in the house. Now if only dh would stop being a wuss and get his.